ironing out the rough spots

nayyan

Senior Member
French
#1
Guess there are times when we all need to share a little pain
And ironing out the rough spots
Is the hardest part when memories remain


i can't understant the second sentence in this context. Could you help me, this is from Elton John's song (sad songs say so much)

Thanks
 

toban

Senior Member
English - Canada
#2
"ironing things out" is figuratively used to refer to working through difficulties. I would usually use it to refer to resolving conflicts between people, but Elton John seems to be using it to refer to dealing with difficult memories.
 
U.S., English
#3
"To iron out" (repasser / vêtements) s'emploie parfois pour signifier "to smooth out" ou "adoucir" ou "résoudre." "Rough spots" ici veut dire "les ennuis qu'on a."
 

toban

Senior Member
English - Canada
#6
In this context, rough spots = "times when we... share a little pain"

Alors oui, les situations difficiles, les moments douleureux.
 
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